Zero hours

Zero hours contracts are sometimes used by employers that require flexibility in their workforce, for example where the need for workers is unpredictable. Under a zero hours contract, the employer is not obliged to offer the worker a set number of hours. Their use has attracted controversy and in 2013 the government outlined plans to restrict the use of “exclusivity clauses” whereby workers are stopped from working for other employers.


From Uber to Deliveroo via Pimlico: The search for clarity on the gig economy

In recent cases it has become apparent that Uber, City Sprint, Deliveroo and Pimlico Plumbers had each created contracts that purported to ensure that their “partners” – the drivers, cyclists and plumbers – were classed as “self employed”

Most employers back idea for stable contract requests

1 Jun 2018

Two-thirds of employers back the introduction of a right for agency workers and zero-hours contract workers to request a stable...

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Don’t believe the gig economy hype, says Matthew Taylor

24 Apr 2018

The view that full-time employment is in retreat and will be subsumed by the gig economy is not borne out...

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Zero hours contracts increase by 100,000 as workers more aware

23 Apr 2018

The number of people on zero hour contracts in the UK increased by around 100,000 last year, according to the...

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Rachel Reeves

MPs urge ministers to speed up gig economy measures

20 Apr 2018

MPs have accused the Government of being too slow to act on recommendations that would protect the rights of gig...

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KFC staff asked to take holiday during restaurant closures

21 Feb 2018

KFC employees have been asked to take annual leave to cover the working time they have lost following chicken supply...

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Five things buried in the Good Work plan consultations

9 Feb 2018

When the Government revealed its plans to bolster workers’ rights from their first day at work under its Good Work...

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Taylor review: Government pledges to enforce day-one rights for workers

7 Feb 2018

The Government has vowed to enforce workers’ rights from their first day in a job, in response to the recommendations...

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How gig economy compromises health and wellbeing of workers

30 Jan 2018

How you’re employed or hired can have a bearing on the way you’re looked after by your employer, writes Tim...

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Bill looking to ban zero-hours contracts moves a step closer

9 Jan 2018

A bill seeking to ban zero-hours contacts and bolster workers’ rights is to come before parliament for a second reading...

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Zero hours workers subject to more sexual harassment

11 Dec 2017

Two fifths of women and a fifth of men in the UK say they have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour at...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2017: Travel time and zero hours status

3 Oct 2017

Should you include time spent travelling when calculating employees’ working time? The number one FAQ for September deals with this...

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Broken promises and emoji buttons: What’s next for Sports Direct?

12 Sep 2017

As Mike Ashley’s company hits the headlines again for its working practices, can it overcome its problems or do the...

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Seasonal workers: key contractual issues for employers

29 Aug 2017

In sectors such as hospitality, tourism, retail and agriculture, seasonal peaks can bring an influx of work at certain times...

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Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review

11 Jul 2017

Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is no different. Rob...

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